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Documentary on A.R. Rahman screened at White House

A detailed account on musical influences of double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman found its way inside the White House in Washington through a special screening of “Jai Ho”, a documentary on his work.The 60-minute documentary was screened on Friday. The “Mozart of Madras”, who has hit the right notes with each of his compositions with examples like “O rey chhori” and “Tum tak”, became a part of the special moment. “On the way to the White House for a screening of ‘Jai Ho’,” Rahman tweeted on Friday night as per Indian Standard Time.Directed by Umesh Aggarwal, the film celebrates Rahman’s achievements through his career, which spans two decades.Considered one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine, the music maestro’s work includes over 120 film scores worldwide.Rahman is a name to reckon in the international circuit and has also done India proud by getting two Oscars for his music in “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009 — Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song, which he shares with lyricist Gulzar.The documentary explores the evolution of his style of music — a fusion of eastern sensibilities and western technology. (IANS)

Shilpa Shetty takes Bollywood to London via radio

Actress Shilpa Shetty, who found popularity in Britain after winning a season of “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2007, has turned into a radio jockey to talk about Bollywood with the people in London.She will be on a special show on BBC Radio 2. The actress, who is married to businessman Raj Kundra, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share details of the show, which will go live in September. “Working day today in London. Recording for a series of shows introducing Bollywood to the Mainstream here on BBC Radio 2. Goes on air in Sept,” Shilpa tweeted. The actress interacted with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and Bollywood’s entertainment master Karan Johar for the broadcast. She feels “indebted” to the two for taking time out to delve upon their journey in showbiz. “So much fun recording, spoke to @mangeshkarlata and @karanjohar. Thanku so much for making the shows so special, indebted to you both,” the actress further posted. Elated by the new role, the Dhadkan actress posted two photographs of herself in radio jockey mode. She shared these images on photo-sharing website Instagram with the caption: “The new RJ in the house”. After her stint on the sliver screen, the actress turned into an entrepreneur and has carved a name for herself in the business world. Shilpa runs a spa and wellness chain IOSIS and she is also a co-owner of the Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals. She even has a jewellery business, and is a successful fitness expert.The actress also walked into the small screens as a judge and a host for a slew of shows like Bigg Boss and Nach Baliye. (IANS)

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